Randall Miller-movie set train death: Randall Miller, movie director for "Midnight Rider," a movie based on the life of Gregg Allman has been charged in the death of 27-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Jones, a production crew member who was working on the set of a movie along some tracks when she was hit and killed by the train at the production site, The New York Times reports today.
Randall Miller, his wife, Jody Savin and executive producer and project manager Jay Sedrich are all charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing in the death of Sarah Jones, according to TMZ. Witnesses say the crew members were working directly on the train tracks when the freight fatally struck camera assistant Sarah Jones. Working directly on the train tracks is illegal in the state of Georgia. Authorities say that the production company did not have permission to film on the tracks. That particular track is very busy and would not be approved for filming of any kind.
CSX did release a statement in February, stating that they were very sad by the events.The production crew was at the train tracks site in Doctortown filming "Midnight Rider: The Gregg Allman Story," a true-story film about Gregg Allman. Community members in Doctortown were devastated and completely shocked by the news. Wayne County community members and members of the film community were both saddened and outraged by the lack of safety precautions taken, according to Savannah Now.
Sarah Jones was laid to rest in Columbia, S. C.., where friends and family told news outlets that it was the most difficult days of their lives. Members of the services sang "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" as they said goodbye to their beloved Sarah Elizabeth Jones. The funeral service was held at the Ashland United Methodist Church.
The train crash victim had worked in production for five years prior to her tragic death. Sarah Elizabeth Jones loved to live, laugh and travel. Sarah Jones also loved film. Ultimately, it was her love for film that took her laugh. At the funeral her father recalled the last time he spoke with daughter.